Development Director (Part time) – Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

WHO: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is a critically-acclaimed non-profit theater producing three plays each summer at Boscobel in Garrison, NY, with extensive year-round education programs.

SEEKING: We seek a dynamic person for this new position to provide leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for all fundraising efforts. He/she will work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to create and implement fundraising strategies that increase the organization's support from individuals, corporations, foundations, government and other sources. Emphasis on donor identification and cultivation and working with Board on fund development.


1.  Overall planning and implementation of development activities

a)     Work with the Executive Director and the Board to develop an annual fundraising plan that includes goals and strategies for individual, corporate, foundation and government sources.

b)     Serve as the key staff support to the Development Committee of the Board, including management of fundraising events.

c)     Create reports that help with analysis and strategy, including periodic progress reports and gift histories.

d)     Maintain ongoing favorable relations with funders and make personal contact with major funders in conjunction with the Executive Director, the Artistic Director  and/or  members of the  Board.

2. Individual Donors

a)     Work with the Executive Director and Board to develop and implement strategies for major individual gift solicitations and capital campaigns.

b)     Organize and educate Board and Advisory Board members in solicitation and donor cultivation campaigns.

c)     Be responsible for the management and implementation of direct mail, telefundraising, subscription add-on and online giving campaigns, including the development of benchmarking methods for evaluating these campaigns.

d)     Track and analyze overall and appeal-specific efforts using fundraising software and make recommendations for increasing results.

e)     Develop plans for identification and cultivation of promising prospects at all levels of the donor base.

3. Foundation, Corporate and Government Fundraising

a)     Work with Grants Manager on identifying potential funding sources; grant and sponsorship proposals; timely completion of reports to funders and renewals.

b)     Make personal contact with funders and maintain ongoing favorable relations in conjunction with the Executive and Artistic Directors and/or members of the Board.

4. Community Relations

a)     Represent HVSF as a spokesperson at community and funder-sponsored events, and other speaking opportunities.

b)     Develop newsletters to serve as a fundraising tool.

WHEN: Part-time (flexible 24 hours per week) with possibility of becoming full-time in future.  Job starts 3/1/2010.

REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 3-5 years experience with major gift solicitation, prospect research, sponsorships, development systems/operations. B.A./B.S; proficiency in Word/Excel; PowerPoint desirable. Knowledge of fundraising databases. Ability to write in a clear and compelling fashion. High energy, positive attitude; eagerness to work as part of a dynamic small management team. Local area resident preferred.

TO APPLY: Send resume to No phone calls, please.